“”Kreutzberg” is about the truest atrocities of East Berlin before the Wall fell.”Read More “Kreuzberg”: Why The Berlin Wall Fell But Never Really Collapsed
Kim Jong Un has played his hand as precisely as a nuclear David should against a much more nuclear Goliath. In this sense “Rocket Man” might be more of an endgame than an insult.Read More Thinking Differently About North Korea
How culture war works is obvious. It weaponizes beliefs. It’s about not thinking too much. It’s about staking claims on complex issues as if our own lived and immediate experiences were enough. Culture war doesn’t have or need a reading list. It can’t be complex. The simpler the better. Thus we’re all culture warriors because we’re all pissed off about something, and being pissed off now is its own kind of deep, unshakable truth.Read More Culture War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning
While I feel sorta sorry for mid and low-level staffers torn between leaving and staying (perhaps compromising their careers with either choice), I also think they must’ve had some idea of what they were getting into.Read More The DexFiles: Notes And Quotes On Trump’s White House Dysfunction
Considering that he fashioned himself “the law and order candidate” in last year’s election, ran a textbook Southern Strategy, and has had close ties to Roger Stone for over 30 years, one could say that Trump has been tempting fate ever since November 8th.Read More Trump’s Nixon Moment
The Negro whisper benefits from convincing black people and reassuring white people that “the system” is running exactly as it should. That exceptional blacks did it on their own while poor and struggling blacks are where they are because of bad choices. Therefore, politics becomes essentially personal and entrepreneurial, the means by which we change individual behavior and thought to fit the logic of the marketplace. It’s not about changing how society is organized and distributes public goods.Read More “Black Privilege” And The Twilight Of The Negro Whisperer
Black boxes have inputs and outputs, but the connections among them and the rules that govern how causes become effects are purposely opaque so that consent can be manufactured and propaganda can be accepted without evidence.
A few thoughts on how black a box Syria is:Read More Syria Is A Black Box
There are two types of Smiths fan. One type believes that Morrisey drives the band. The other believes Johnny Marr does.Read More The Jester And The Sage (Myths About The Smiths)
Corporatist puppets like Neera Tanden and fauxgressives like Howard Dean have to smear Gabbard for the same reasons they went after Bernie Sanders.Read More Resisting Trump Is Fine, But We Should Also Resist The Democrat Smear Machine
The 241 to 194 advantage House Republicans have over Democrats was seemingly a sure deathblow to the signature achievement of the last administration. Indeed, the GOP was complacent with no help at all from Democrats.
But Republicans’ range of likely to pass alternatives arrived with what I call a “Ryan’s Choice.”Read More “Ryan’s Choice” The Truth about Paul Ryan’s Phantom Majority